Psychology & Psychiatry - Personality
A review of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
There was significant pre-release buzz surrounding Susan Cain’s latest book. Before the book hit bookstore shelves, advertisements promoting it appeared online and in magazines. Being an introvert, I was eager for its release. After reading it, I was not disappointed.
What I liked about Quiet is that it is meticulously well-researched. Ms. Cain traveled the country visiting colleges and churches, attending seminars, and interviewing many people to support her main point which is that we live in an extroverted culture that tries to turn everyone into extroverts through the promotion of an “extrovert ideal.” She traces the historical roots of this ideal in American society while pointing out the significant contributions that introverts have made through the years. The section on the biological roots of introversion was fascinating and helped explain why some famously introverted performers are extroverts on stage.
While there is a lot about introversion that is covered, introverts in the workplace was only briefly discussed. It might be a good topic for a follow up book. In today’s competitive workplace, it seems that extroverts have a leg up. Introverts interview and interact differently than their extroverted counterparts. If a hiring manager happens to be an extrovert, it can be an uphill climb for an introvert to get to the top of applicant mountain in order to stand out among other job seekers.
I found the book to be tremendously helpful and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I sometimes felt as if I was holding a mirror in my hands as I read because I saw myself in its pages. Like many introverts, I’ve been labeled aloof, antisocial, shy, reserved and sensitive. After reading Ms Cain’s book I found my introversion something to be celebrated rather than something to apologize for. I believe that Quiet will become a contemporary classic for people who want to claim their introverted identity in an extroverted society.
For more info about Susan Cain and Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking see:
http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/ http://www.ted.com/speakers/susan_cain.html http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307352149 http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=125586
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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